By Barbara Ann Kelley,

Here are two great ideas that not only with help you get out of the house but burn some calories too. These suggestions are the perfect weekend adventures for an active family to keep active.

Family Cave Exploring  with MOSI  

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There’s no better place to explore the world than a cave with bats! MOSI can help you do it. Explore underground caverns in the Withlacoochee State Forest where stalactites, stalagmites and other geological treasures are found. Look out for bats as you crawl through twisting caverns. Wear comfortable shoes, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt that you won’t mind getting dirty. Program involves walking and crawling. Bring a hat, flashlight, lunch and plenty of water. The trip is designed for adults with children age 8 or older. For all the details go to their website with the link above.

Program fee: $67 per parent-child team; $33 per additional family member. MOSI member: $50 per parent-child team; $25 per additional family member.
Challenge Yourself with Indoor Rock Climbing at Vertical Ventures

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A child makes his way up a climbing wall. (Photo credit: JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

If the hike to Brooksville is too far from home and you like climbing, we have a closer idea. This family adventure idea is at Vertical Ventures Rock Climbing Gym in Tampa. It’s 6,000 sq. ft. of rock climbing excitement. Never climbed before?  Don’t worry they offer introductory classes in which you and the kids can learn the basics. Vertical Ventures is open six days a week, Tuesday through Sunday. Rock Climbing hours are: Tuesday – Thursday from 12pm – 10pm. Friday there are two sessions, 12pm – 7pm and 8pm – 12am. Saturday and Sunday they are open 10am – 6pm. They are closed on Mondays.  Admission: Daily $14. Kids 8 and under: $7. Belay Class for 1 (includes all equipment, admission and return visit)  $35. Belay Class for 2+(includes all equipment, admission and return visit)  $25 each.

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Vertical Ventures Rock Climbing Gym
5402 Pioneer Park Blvd · Suite E
Tampa, Florida 33634
(813)  884 – ROCK